Starting a Conversation About Senior Care

Parents are often forced to have difficult conversations with their children throughout their lifetimes, particularly during adolescence or in cases of death, divorce and other major life changes.

When the tables are turned and children have concerns about their aging ...

 
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Confident Conversation: Improving Senior Care Literacy

Health care professionals speak a language all their own -- one that most of us don’t understand.

As Rita Ude writes in a recent post for the Right at Home blog, “In the complex world of medical care and ...

 
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On Labor Day, Reflect on Work History with Family & Friends

What was your first job?
Delivering papers, flipping burgers, answering phones, taking dictation, bagging groceries, mowing lawns, babysitting: about these initial occupations, most of us can say, “been there, done that.”
Several blogs published by local offices of Home Instead ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 8/24/11 Recap: Caregiving’s Difficult Decisions

Caregiving isn’t for wimps. The experience is rife with difficult decisions, which is what we talked about in the latest installment of #ElderCareChat.

Kicking off the discussion was a dialogue about what makes decisions of any kind (caregiving-related or ...

 
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Talking to Your Kids About a Senior Living Transition

If you’re a parent, the years have probably been full of those awkward, delicate conversations you’d rather avoid. The birds and the bees. Dating. Curfews. But all of that is behind you now, right?

Well, except for maybe a conversation about where you want to spend your retirement years. Not all of your children may agree about where – or how – you should live, but ultimately, it’s your ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 8/12/11 Recap: Why We Love Elders

Since our inaugural forum in November 2010, the #ElderCareChat following has gained tremendous momentum.  We’re thrilled to announce that our most recent discussion – held on Wednesday, August 10th – had 84 participants! Thank you to all who attended, and especially to those ...

 
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Keeping in Touch with the ‘Technology Shy’

Most mothers (80%) and grandmothers (74%) say they would rather spend time with family than receive a gift on Mother's Day. Speaking as a mother myself, and knowing my own mother and step-mother (and mother-in-law), this does not surprise me.

Here are some ideas that I found on a site for an e-mail type product Presto that allows the sender to send e-mail, but the receiver to simply receive a printout of ...

 
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The 40/70 Rule: Time to Talk

Do you know about the 80/20 rule? It's a business truism that says that 80 percent of your sales come from just 20 percent of your (most loyal) customers. Airline frequent flyer programs are the 80/20 rule in action.

Today I learned of a variation: the 40/70 rule, which says if you are at least 40 years old, and your parents are 70, it's time for you to start talking to them about a host of issues.

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